Corbran's Corner

FORD’S HOT HATCH — 2018 Ford Focus RS

FORD’S HOT HATCH— 2018 Ford Focus RS by Jim CorbranI came away from this year’s Buffalo Auto Show with a short list of things to buy if I ever win the lottery. If I ever start playing, that is. Over the next few weeks we’ll take a closer look at my choices, in no particular order.This week we’ll focus (tee-hee) on a strikingly electric blue entry from the blue oval fo

THE QUIETEST E-TYPE IN EXISTENCE — Jaguar’s E-type Zero

THE QUIETEST E-TYPE IN EXISTENCE — Jaguar’s E-type Zero by Jim Corbran Many of you have probably heard of the newest iteration of the Tesla Roadster — Elon Musk’s long-awaited second-generation all-electric sports car. And we’re not pooh-poohing the new Roadster here, just pointing out another all-electric two-seat drop-top whose announcement a while back you may hav

AUTO SHOW TIME. WHAT’S NEW? Pt.3

AUTO SHOW TIME. WHAT’S NEW? Pt.3 by Jim Corbran Wrapping up our look at the 2018 North American International Auto Show, which just ended in Detroit…Nissan Xmotion concept — it’s pronounced “cross-motion” which I thought was a letdown. But if even a few of its design features find their way into new Nissans, I’m onboard. Although I’m not much a fan

AUTO SHOW TIME. WHAT’S NEW? Pt.2

AUTO SHOW TIME. WHAT’S NEW? Pt.2 by Jim Corbran As promised, here are some photos of vehicles featured at the North American International Automobile Show in Detroit:Acura RDX — Acura tells us it’s the most extensive redesign in more than a decade…Audi A7 – with newly-designed front and rear lighting, Audi is claiming leadership in lighting technology…Ford Ra

IT'S AUTO SHOW TIME. WHAT’S NEW?

IT'S AUTO SHOW TIME. WHAT’S NEW? by Jim Corbran If the dead cold of winter is good for anything, it’s the auto shows happening around the country. (Buffalo’s show will be next month, February 8-11 at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center — go to buffalosautoshow.com for details.)One of the biggest is in Detroit, open to the public from January 20-28, downtown at Cobo Cente

WHAT DID YOU DRIVE TO THE PREVIOUS BILLS’ PLAYOFF GAME?

WHAT DID YOU DRIVE TO THE PREVIOUS BILLS’ PLAYOFF GAME? by Jim Corbran Deadlines being what they are, by the time you read this the Buffalo Bills will either have moved on to the next round of NFL playoffs, or will be in their much more familiar mid-January role of spectator.At any rate, we thought it might be interesting to look back at when the Bills were last involved in a playoff game,

IT’S NOT YOUR IMAGINATION… — why some cars look so much alike

IT’S NOT YOUR IMAGINATION… — why some cars look so much alike by Jim Corbran Over the years we’ve seen clones of cars here in the US which were sold under different nameplates in other countries. For example, many of the final Saturn models, as well as some of the most recent Buick models, were sold in Europe as Opels. And for that matter, many Opel models were sold in G

GOING… GOING… BUT NOT GONE YET — you CAN still buy an actual American sedan

GOING… GOING… BUT NOT GONE YET— you CAN still buy an actual American sedan by Jim Corbran Although it seems like everyone is driving an SUV, crossover, or pickup these days, you can still buy a red-blooded American four-door family sedan.And as we take a look at this week’s subject, the 2018 Dodge Charger, we see that it’s a horse of many colors. Literally. (The m

MAXI ANNOUNCEMENT; MINI NEWS — much ado about not much

MAXI ANNOUNCEMENT; MINI NEWS — much ado about not much by Jim Corbran After spending over 25 years in the graphic arts industry, I’ll admit to being more than a little intrigued by an email from the folks at Mini last week, espousing the virtues of its new logo. This was my reaction:(Silence.)In case you missed it, here’s the new logo (at top of page), which Mini tells us &ldquo

RETURN OF THE RANGER - Ford re-enters the smaller pickup market

RETURN OF THE RANGER Ford re-enters the smaller pickup market by Jim Corbran I guess that sub-title should read “Ford re-enters the smaller pickup market in North America.”Many truck fans are excited that Ford is resurrecting the Ranger pickup here in the U.S., but the truth is they’ve been selling the smaller Ranger pickup — which disappeared from the North American mar